Select Oyster Bar

4.7
1477 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Select Oyster Bar, the first solo venture from chef Michael Serpa, is a neighborhood oyster bar & seafood restaurant in the heart of Back Bay. Select offers fresh, local seafood with Mediterranean influences in a cozy brownstone space. A carefully curated raw bar, creative crudo, and thoughtful fish entrees round out the menu. A seafood centric wine program feature classic pairings as well as off the beaten path selections is the center of the beverage program, alongside artisan cocktails and craft beer.

Food & Wine America's Best New Wine Bars, Boston Mag Best New Restaurant & Best Wine Program, Improper Bostonian Best Seafood.


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vipSaaron
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good flavor

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AngelaC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and great options if you don’t care for meat

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LGar591
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place in Back Bay. We had a great time, would definitely go back.

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vipBillyh
New England
33 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ! This is fast becoming my favorite place to eat. The food is spectacular.

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vipjohn
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was great - but it was limited to appetizers and entrees.. We were surprised to find after we finished our entrees that they don't offer dessert nor coffee. They have an very good wine list - especially by the glass.

Tables were small and close together and the high noise level uncomfortable. Service was fine.

If one just is interested in outstanding seafood, this is a great place. Prices are high.

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EmilyR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Select Oyster is a Back Bay gem. The selection of fresh oysters varies seasonally as do certain other menu items. You can never go wrong with the whole bream.

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Pier
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great food. The quality of the food is high and the wine and beers are good.

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rachels
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Overpriced and food not so great. Additionally, my friend was constantly bumped by wait staff throughout his meal. will not return

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RachelK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy!!!

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EricW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fish was undercooked - flavors great

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ArtS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome birthday dinner! Food and service were great.

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vipCheryl
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice occasion. Crew works very hard to make the experience special

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AaronW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was very good, but it is a very cramped space. Our table was built for two people, but we had a reservation for 4. The food was delicious and the service was good, but the cramped conditions kept it from being a great experience.

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LornaH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing seafood….. great service….. fast. Drinks excellent. Noisy. But can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good but the menu is very limited

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TomB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A comfortable neighborhood restaurant. Our fresh seafood dishes were perfectly cooked, and the oyster selection was delicious and fun to compare. We sat at the bar and found our bartender/server to be friendly, unhurried, and knowledgeable about the menu items. We recommend highly.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love the food here, which is always delicious and the service is very friendly and professional. We would go here more often but the prices seem way too high for the very nice but casual restaurant it is. One could eat at other very nice restaurants for almost half of the cost. Quality is very good but the value to price ratio is not there.

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vipPLCATR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite spot in Boston. Love everything about it.

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vipFeliciaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the extensive selection of oysters!

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NickS
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Service was top notch also.

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PatriciaJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We stopped in the an appetizer and drinks. Loved the grilled octopus. It was done perfectly.

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vipEatoutoften
New England
65 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. Cozy with a small menu but by far beat seafood in boston. My favorite spot.

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KimS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent choice for my birthday dinner!!!

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vipTbone
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

$48 lobster roll. All time record high that I have not seen anywhere.
Crazy expensive lunch. 1 dozen oysters, 1 order of lobster roll, 1 order of Bouillabaisse, 2 glasses of Chablis
Cost - with tip included $225

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DavidJ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience. The food is not cheap, but it’s high quality and presented with friendliness and professionalism.

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CarysL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food. The staff was engaging and so nice. Love this place and highly recommend!

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vipJona
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

good food - oysters were great and so was the bouillabaisse. Its a very small space so we sat outside and it was too cold.

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SuzieJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crudo special was spectacular, the oysters lovely, and the cocktails delicious. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view from the window seat, great waitstaff!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was exceptional. High quality, fresh ingredients. We came to Boston to visit our college student daughter and brought her here as a special treat. We could not have been happier with our choice. Yes, it’s pricey, but oh, so good. If you’re looking to splurge on amazing seafood, this is your place.

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very good food. Super pricey for modest amount. Excellent oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, lovely restaurant and super lively on a Thursday night!

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Iloverestaurants
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service has really become poor. It used to be such a great place! We walked out with a bill of $450, for just 3 people and only a couple drinks. The wait staff was very rude, especially for such a sneakily expensive restaurant.

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WilliamW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last vacation lunch

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vipClairB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boston is a 6+ hour flight from SFO - and real foodies know the best way to manage that long haul. One of the great joys of Boston dining is to gobble down a heaving plate of Lobster Spaghettini at Neptune Oyster before hitting Logan for the United 6:15 flight. When we read last month that Michael Serpa of Neptune fame had opened a new restaurant with his wife in Back Bay, we immediately booked a table and enjoyed our second best dinner that week in Boston - OK, the best dinner was Fenway Franks sitting behind the Red Sox dugout for the ALCS game 3 - but I digress..... Select Oyster is simply a seafood lovers dream come true. The cozy brick-walled dining room, gleaming bar and warm staff make you feel immediately tucked in and ready for whatever arrives at table. And you want to order every last thing - from the perfect oysters to all the wonderful Spanish dishes - mussels, octopus, clams. The Lobster Salad sounds like a perfect lunch - but for dinner I chose the Arctic Char which was a magnificently orchestrated dish that just hinted at autumn. The wine list is also spot-on delicious, but don't shy away from a perfect martini - they make 'em here. Walking to and from the Liberty Hotel through Back Bay was also a delight - particularly on an Indian Summer night in Boston, with the brownstone stoops decorated with gourds and pumpkins. Select Oyster happily claims a new spot on my Don't Miss While in Boston dining list.

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vipLouise
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal at Select was outstanding. Delicious oysters, tuna tartare, swordfish and sea bream. Shout out for great service to Ben.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
157 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

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vipWaylandmom
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined there three times now and will go back next week. Really fresh seafood. Tried various things over three times and all are delicious.

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CynthiaF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, loved eating outside. The tower with island creek oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab, sushi was incredible.

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You can order delivery directly from Select Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. Select Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (857) 239-8064.

Select Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1477 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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